David Folkenflik of NPR writes about Bloomberg Television anchor David Westin, who previously ran ABC News.
Folkenflik writes, “As an anchor, Westin misses little on air. He’s a careful listener, a quick study, with a lawyer’s ability to drill down.
“‘There are very few jobs you can have … where they pay you a reasonable amount of money to come in every day, learn about things other people don’t know about, and then tell other people about it in a way they can understand and retain and use,’ Westin says in a lounge off the soaring atrium that defines Bloomberg’s headquarters in New York City. ‘That’s a really good job. And on a really good day, make a difference.’
“Westin says he would now tell any future ABC News president who asked for advice to anchor a show for one week: ABC’s overnight news show, the program with the division’s lowest ratings and the least at stake.
“He’s still not perfectly polished. The morning I visited Bloomberg’s set, Westin stumbled over a name of a financial analyst. The mistake was modest, yet Westin apologized gently on the air — and profoundly afterward, taking pains to explaining precisely why it happened.”
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